Our partnership believes that introducing young people to the people of the classical past helps us understand not only their experiences, languages and beliefs, but also the ways in which they continue to inform and shape the way we see our own world. Classics is growing in popularity and offers schools and pupils a rich and exciting addition to the school curriculum.
Our Classics course provides carefully structured, professional learning opportunities which will enable you to critically and effectively progress in planning, teaching and assessing successful Classics teaching and learning. Together, university teacher educators and excellent classroom practitioners share their enthusiasm and professional knowledge to give you opportunities to focus on how best to engage, enthuse and enlighten your pupils in their understandings of the past.
You are encouraged to take an active role in your own professional learning by developing secure knowledge of the curriculum whilst recognising how your pupils make sense of the classical world and its language. University and school-based sessions draw on local and national expertise, offering perspectives and strategies on a range of different teaching issues, from accessing original historical sources at local and national museums, to engaging pupils in the sensitive, controversial and emotive nature of life experiences in ancient Rome and Greece.
You will learn to be a Classics teacher through a combination of taught sessions at the University and school-led professional development and classroom practice. You will start your course with a 2-3 week induction at the University in September, which is followed by a programme of lectures, seminars and workshops every Friday. These involve presentations, group work, role play, classroom modelling and peer teaching for which you will explore ideas and approaches and reflect on your own experiences. Those studying the Classics ITE course opt to specialise in an ancient language, or take History as a secondary subject.
You will undertake two periods of professional practice in two different schools. You will be supported by a specialist who will act as a mentor, offering you tutorial support and developing a programme of practice-based professional studies for you. Your progress will be assessed through observations, feedback and discussion. You will create and maintain a portfolio of evidence demonstrating how you have met the various Teacher’s Standards.
You will engage with the theoretical foundations of classroom practice and demonstrate the depth of your professional knowledge by completing three academic assignments during the course.